January - June 2019, FLP Glasgow Guest Speakers

Jo Anderson MInstF(Cert), Director of External Affairs, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health)

 Jo began her fundraising career in 1995 setting up the highest grossing retail outlet for the NSPCC in her final year of a retail marketing degree. On graduating she secured her first fundraising role as an Area Appeals Manager with the NSPCC covering Greater Manchester.  From there Jo moved to London spending time at both The Migraine Trust and Cancer Research UK where she led the hugely successful ‘Foreign Coin Collection’ with Lloyds Banking Group as the Euro was phased in. Moving to Scotland in 2002 Jo began her first of nine years at CHILDREN 1ST working as part of the fundraising management team growing annual income to £4 million. 

Jo joined SAMH in 2011 to develop and deliver a fundraising strategy, a new venture for the organisation. Positioning mental health as a cause to support, SAMH is now raising in excess of £1.5million each year from voluntary sources. Taking up the role of Director of External Affairs in 2013 Jo leads on SAMH’s work in public affairs, campaigns, communications and fundraising.  

Jo is a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising and sits on the IoF Executive Committee in Scotland.  You can catch up with her @JoatSAMH


Martin Edwards, CEO, Julia's House

Martin Edwards 2015

Martin Edwards is Chief Executive (since 2005) of the children’s hospice Julia’s House, in recent years awarded Healthcare Charity of the Year at the Charity Awards, Best Employer at the Third Sector Awards and listed in The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Places to Work in the Public & Charity Sectors’ five years running. New breakthroughs include persuading Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Junior to raise seven-figure sums each for the charity’s new hospice appeal. Martin, a fundraiser by background, is also a former columnist for Third Sector magazine.  


Iain McAndrew MInstF, Director of Development & Communications, CHAS


Bruce Tait, FInstF, Chief Executive of BTA and Director of Charity Careers Ireland, Scotland, North West and Canada

Bruce Tait FLP

Bruce Tait has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years as a Fundraiser, a Chief Executive and as a Consultant to charities in the UK, Canada, Ireland, USA, Sweden, Holland and Spain.   

Following an early career in Marketing and PR, Bruce became a fundraiser and held roles as Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive at several Scottish charities.   Bruce set up BTA in 2003 to provide consultancy services to Scottish charities and he now leads a team of consultants providing strategic advice, fundraising and communications planning and digital development strategies for a range of Scottish charities.

BTA also has a recruitment arm has grown to become Scotland’s largest recruiter of charity staff, with sister companies in Liverpool, Dublin and Toronto.

Bruce is a former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland and was made a Fellow of the IoF in 2016. He is Chair of Scotland’s largest outdoor education charity (SOEC) and has served as Trustee with numerous Scottish and Canadian charities.

He is also a full member of EU Consult – the European organisation for ethical charity consultants.

Further details coming soon... 


Please note, guest speakers may be subject to change.